"It is apparent now, as we approach the second half of the '9Os, that more explicit information on issues of special concern to women in the fire service is needed. To address this concern, the USFA [U.S. Fire Administration] convened the symposium on 'Health and Safety Issues of the Female Emergency Responder,' in Rosslyn, Virginia, in October 1994. Twenty-seven participants representing a wide range of interest and involvement in fire and emergency response services were brought together to share their expertise and experiences in specific health and safety issues. The participants were charged with the task of narrowing the focus of health and safety concerns and developing strategies to address the issues of women in emergency response services today. They provided a 'snap shot' of the situation for women in the response services and identified the critical issues to address in the immediate future. We are grateful to the symposium participants for their efforts. The report that follows is a result of their deliberations and experience. We are hopeful their recommendations will provide guidance in meeting the health and safety concerns of female first responders as we move toward the next decade."
Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS)